Adam Marshall admits it's a pleasure to watch Paul Scholes play...
On 5 August last year, the sun was shining at Old Trafford but it was supposedly setting on the career of one of the best players of his generation.
As I sat in the same seat in the press box on Sunday, with an identical view in similarly pleasant conditions, it dawned how privileged we all are to witness the second coming of Paul Scholes. When he retired last year, it was a sad occasion and unfair that the final memory of his distinguished top-level career would have been coming on as a substitute with the match lost at Wembley and Barcelona passing the ball around him in the same manner that he stretches the opposition on a weekly basis.
The last major contribution was probably the red card at the same ground for the lunge at Pablo Zabaleta that saw all hope of clawing back the FA Cup semi-final recede and all the talk was about his supposed inability to tackle and how Manchester City would continue to surge past the Reds when it came to winning trophies from that moment forward.
Even watching Scholes at close quarters in his new role helping to train the Reserves, it seemed obvious he was itching to get back into the action. And the decision to come out of retirement could be the key factor in steering United to a 20th title if he maintains his outstanding form for the final four games of the campaign.
Sir Alex knows the condition of the 37-year-old better than anybody and decided to rest him at Wigan. Such was the overall level of team performance, it's perhaps unlikely the midfield maestro would have been unable to turn defeat into victory, but all we do know is that he was at peak fitness for the 4-0 victory against Aston Villa.
The buzz of anticipation around Old Trafford when Scholes attempted to replicate his famous volleys against Villa, ironically enough, and Bradford was identical to that felt when he exploded a long-range shot into the New York Cosmos net that should have sounded his farewell salvo. Instead, he's still influencing major games in the top division and,